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Start Working on that Beach Body with Easy Diet Tips

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The Holidays have come and gone and winter is winding down. We are left with great memories of friends and family, wonderful gifts, and of course, a few extra pounds. The New York Times says that the average person gains 7 to 10 pound during this time of year! Shred those un-wanted pounds and get Beach-Body ready with a few easy tricks.

Eat More Fruit
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Eat More Fruit

Eat More Fruit, the benefits of adding more fruit to your diet are endless!  But it is sometimes hard to get the proper nutrition and serving size needed for the added benefits.  

Adding fruits to your daily regimen isn't too hard with a few simple tricks.  If you like a quick fast food breakfast in the morning, sub those potatoes for a side of fruit.  A whole apple or banana, or a cup of diced fruit for a mid day snack is also a great was to add extra fruit to your life.  V8 Vfusion is a great product and contains 1 full serving of fruits and one full serving of vegetables in each serving of juice.  

Incorporating fruit directly into meals is also easy.  Sprinkle a little raisens, dried cranberries or other fruit on salads, or add sauteed apples at a pork dish.

Add more dairy to your diet
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Add more dairy to your diet

There are many misconceptions about consuming dairy and milk products.  Some say that adults shouldn't drink milk and it only for children and their growth.  But milk and dairy products provide calcium, protein, and sometimes contain probiotics that help digestion. 

Lowfat dairy products are not necessarily better for you.  Fat is needed in dairy to digest properly, so eat full fat dairy foods, just in moderation.  

A great was to add dairy to you diet is in small doses and snacks.  A two once portion of cheese with diced fruit or nuts is a fun snack.  Smoothies or protein shakes are great too.  Or add dairy to your dinner by stuffing chicken breasts with feta and roasted tomatoes, or experiment with adding different cheeses to salads, wraps and sandwiches.   

Eat more lean protiens
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Eat more lean protiens

You don't have to go on a crash vegan diet to drop a few pounds and get on track to a healthy lifestyle.  Eat more lean cuts of meat, fish and chicken.  Avoid fried and battered meats and those with less heavy sauces.  Stick to portions around 6 ounces.  

Add healthy starches
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Add healthy starches

Adkins is a popular weight loss diet, and it does lead to results.  But you dont have to put your body through bun-less cheeseburgers and rolls of deli meat to save on the cards.  Just eat better carbohydrates that work with your body.  

Use wheat pasta in you favorite recipe instead of the white flour pasta.  Eat sweat potatoes instead of white potatoes, and try new starches like quinoa which is high in protein.  Replace white rice with brown or wild rice, it has less carbs and adds a more well rounded flavor to dishes.  

Eat more vegetables
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Eat more vegetables

Eat more vegetables, and no, not just the lettuce on your bacon double cheeseburger!  Incorporating healthy vegetable into your diet is not as hard as you may think.  

Replace a few meals a week with a fresh salad for a good start.  Toss your favorite pasta dish with fresh greens like spinach, kale or arugula.  Bring a V8 to work to have with your afternoon snack.  Make it fun with new ideas like sliced celery and peanut butter dip, or a mini crudite tray with dip.  And if you love burgers and sandwiches, pile on the veggies!  

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